In Uganda, especially in hard to reach resource-constrained remote fishing landing sites, island areas, and hosting fisherfolk communities, health facilities are located very far away, causing delays in accessing healthcare for many, especially for women and children. To address this challenge of not being able to access healthcare in time, leveraging on its 280 members (trained nurses, midwives, clinicians, medical doctors, and public health practitioners)’ membership fees, annual subscriptions, as well as consultation fees, SOVHEN sets up and equips Health Centers within these resource-limited settings. To date, SOVHEN, fully licensed by Uganda-Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, operates at the sub-county level, PNFP (Private-Not For-Profit) Health Centre III’s serving a hard to reach resource-constrained remote fisher folk community of 10,467 households (Average Household size: 4.1) living at the rural intersection of 25 fishing landing sites, island areas and hosting fishing communities along shores of Lake Victoria, in selected districts of Mpigi, Masaka and Rakai, Central Southern of Uganda.
SOVHEN was formally registered as a youth led voluntary Not for profit and Non-Governmental Community-based Organization with National NGO Board on 16/06/06; as an NGO registration permit no. S.5914/6364 and also incorporated with NGO Registration Act on 13/10/11 under certificate no. 5997. It was registered with the Rakai district department of community services as CBO on 17/09/07 under registration no.5957: Mpigi district Council Youth and Culture Sector Department registration no. 6397 on 22/10/07 and Masaka District Community Services Development Department on 15/12/08 under registration no. 5804.